Financial Times plans India edition soon

Financial Times plans India edition soon

New Delhi: Britain’s leading business daily Financial Times plans to launch its India edition, CEO John Ridding said on Monday.

Financial Times (FT), which has many editions worldwide and a circulation of over four lakh, is engaged in a trademark tussle with India’s leading media group Bennett and Coleman.

Stating that FT was trying to get approval for quite sometime now, Ridding said, “It (wait) has been frustrating. We are hopeful of getting it (approval) soon."

In 2008, Financial Times inked a content partnership with Network18 Media and Investments after ending its 15-year- old content partnership with Indian financial daily Business Standard.

After that FT planned to launch the printing of the paper from Mumbai. However, Pearson Plc, the owner of the Financial Times newspaper, faced problem in launching the paper under the name of Financial Times in India due to some trade mark issues as India’s Economic Times was already publishing a weekly supplement under the masthead of Financial Times.

Ridding said that FT was “locked in a legal tussle" with Bennett Coleman and Co whose CEO Ravi Dhariwal did not offer any comment on the subject.

Ridding said FT was planning to go on its own as compared to earlier partnership model with Business Standard. “This time we are planning to go solo. Indian business class is quite proficient in English. So we want to stick to English."

For the March quarter Pearson Plc reported a 7% growth in revenue to £1.08 billion, helped by growing ad revenue at its newspaper operation.